By THE NATION
The seat became vacant when Pol Lt-Colonel Waipoj Arpornrat, Phetphum’s father and the previous MP of Phalang Pracharath Party, was convicted to four years’ imprisonment for storming the venue of the 2009 Asean Summit.
By winning the election, which was held in five districts of the province, Phetphum was able to maintain Phalang Pracharath’s MPs in the province and strength in the House of Representatives.
The unofficial count showed Phetphum getting 45,740 votes, while his major opponent, Kamphol Panyakul of Pheu Thai Party, secured 38,049 votes, 7,691 votes behind the winner.
The other candidate, Itthiphol Daenglek from Thai Network Party, got only 1,123 votes.
The by-election saw a turnout of 90,060, out of 144,579 eligible voters, or 62.29 per cent of electorate. There were 2,800 voided ballots, or 3.11 per cent.